m_Sterling sees red as Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers injury scare in England draw

An injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves the pitch

Raheem Sterling was sent off and Wayne Rooney scored as an experimental England side drew 2-2 with fellow World Cup finalists Ecuador in Miami.

More worrying for England manager Roy Hodgson – apart from the squad’s passport numbers being printed on the pre-match team-match sheets – was a knee injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after he collided with an opposing player in 63 minutes that saw him replaced by Jon Flanagan.

England fell behind early on when Enner Valenica powered home a header on eight minutes, but England eased themselves in front courtesy of goals from a Wayne Rooney tap-in (29) and a Rickie Lambert drive (51).

Substitute Michael Arroyo slammed the ball high into the net from distance on 70 minutes to earn Ecuador a draw with James Milner and Jack Wilshere failing to close down space in time.

Sterling replaced Rooney on 64 minutes, but was sent off 14 minutes later for a poor attempt at a tackle on Antonio Valencia, who joined him in departing after grabbing the Liverpool winger and trying to throw him to the ground.

Fortunately for Hodgson, the red card won’t count ahead of the World Cup. It remains to be seen if Oxlade-Chamberlain will recover in time for their opening Group D match against Italy in Manaus a week on Saturday.

Reuters